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Durham public schools are making small improvements in student proficiency, but when compared to its neighboring counties, Durham is identified as low performing. This designation gives the school district a negative connotation, and says nothing about the actual teaching and learning that is occurring. The district will implement a new improvement-monitoring plan to continue closing the achievement gap.
Life Lines is an audio journal for death row inmates created by Duke University Divinity School graduates Chris Agoranos and Lars Akerson. The idea is to give inmates an opportunity to restore a sense of humanity and give those outside the prison a chance to look within, and perhaps, contribute to the national debate over the death penalty.
The Hopscotch Design Festival brings together designers such as urban planners, computer engineers, or start-up entrepreneurs. This year’s keynote speaker is Dan Heath, a senior fellow at Duke's Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship. He’ll be speaking about designing moments and how to reverse-engineer memorable experiences of our lives.
The first headliner announced for this year's Hopscotch music festival was Lavender Country, a radical project dating back to the early seventies that's widely recognized as the first-ever openly gay country band. Other musicians include folk artist Joan Shelley and blues rock artist Adia Victoria.
The seventh year of the Hopscotch Music Festival begins in early September in downtown Raleigh. The festival’s biggest strength is its diversity of music, yet, the lineup still lacks representation of hip hop and rap artists.